As Lent begins this Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday, I invite you to start the season by participating in our Day of Open Doors. Our church will be open from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm throughout the day for everyone to: receive ashes, go to Confession, go to Mass (8:15 am, 4:15 pm & 7:00 pm) at which ashes will be offered, spend some quiet time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel, and pray/talk with a Stephen Minister for special one-on-one support. In addition, Lenten reflection booklets and resources will be available for you to take home.
BEST LENT EVER is another special opportunity to be enriched and inspired during this season. By signing up at BestLentEver.com, you'll receive short daily video messages via email from Matthew Kelly and his team. These inspirational videos will help you to see some amazing possibilities as you strive to become the best version of yourself. In Lent, it's not what you give up, it's who you become! Do you remember receiving the book, Rediscover the Saints, at Christmas? BEST LENT EVER will be based on the reflections in that book. If you haven't read it yet, this is your opportunity to read it in parts as you listen to the daily reflections.
Also, pass along the address: BestLentEver.com to family members and friends so that they can participate in BEST LENT EVER, too. Extra copies of the book, Rediscover the Saints, are available at the doors of the church for you to share with them. You can also share your thoughts about the reflections in the book by joining in a discussion about it at HOLY FAMILY DUX REDISCOVERING THE SAINTS BOOK DISCUSSION on Facebook.
"The Light Is On For You" throughout the day on Ash Wednesday for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), and it will be on for you every Wednesday during Lent from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, in addition to our usual Saturday times: 4:00 – 4:45 pm, and on First Friday: 6:30 – 7:30 pm and First Saturday: 7:30 – 8:00 am. Take the next step and let the Lord do some wonderful things in you and through you as you make a good confession in Lent.
Check today's bulletin for details about other opportunities for spiritual renewal during Lent. Invite your family members, neighbors and friends to accompany you! I pray that this Lent will be a blessed and fruitful time for all who seek to become the best version of themselves as they deepen their relationship with Jesus and His Church.
God bless you!